Rep. Calvert Blasts Fiscally-Disastrous $1.09 Trillion Continuing Resolution
Today Rep. Calvert (R-CA) voted against the $1.09 trillion Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the government through the end of fiscal year 2011. The bill passed the House today 212 to 206.
"Once again Democrats have ignored the wishes of the American people by passing a fiscally-disastrous bill that continues the failed policies of higher spending without proper accountability or justification for the increased levels set by the so-called stimulus bill," said Rep. Calvert.
"In addition to the unsustainable spending, the Democrats chose to consider the bill under "martial law,' or same-day consideration, which does not allow sufficient time for Members of Congress or the public to read the 423-page bill. The legislation also incorporates an extension for surface and aviation transportation programs, as well as the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which makes additional mandates on individuals and entities that manufacture, process, pack, transport, distribute, receive, or hold food. The bill and the process are symbolic of the out-of-touch Pelosi Congress that has continually ignored the American people and kept the Minority Party completely in the dark."
The CR, H.R. 3082, was initially introduced as the FY 2010 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act and approved in the House by a vote of 415-3 on July 10, 2009, with the support of Rep. Calvert. The bill was approved in the Senate on November 17, 2009; however, the bill was not signed by the President because funding for the agencies was ultimately provided through H.R. 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010. H.R. 3082 was then further amended and used as the vehicle for a one-year CR to provide discretionary funding for government activities through FY 2011. The final version of the 423-page CR was not made available until 8:00 a.m. the morning of December 8, the same day the bill was voted on in the House (Source: House Republican Conference).